Press conference

Wenger on a back three v back four

Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal

One of the most striking tactical shifts we have seen so far this season has been with our defence.

While we have started every match so far with a back three, we have switched to a four-man defence during our games against Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool and Cologne.

Arsene Wenger discussed this tactical flexibility, his squad depth and Alexis in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Chelsea.

This is what he said:

on a back four v back three…
I want to use both systems when it suits the team or when we need to do it. Because we played for a long time in a back four, it is easy for me to switch from a back three to a back four.

on not having a team for the Europa League and a different one for the Premier League..
No, I have a squad of 25 players of top level. If they need competition, I play them in one game or the other but there is no real hierarchy in there. They fight all for places.

on Alexis…
I have to see how he recovers from [facing Cologne] and decide afterwards with all the players available. But he will be of course with us at Chelsea.